This year, Ciclope Festival will be held at Babylon, one of the most extraordinaries theatres in town.
Right next to the Volksbühne (the “People’s Theatre”), in the heart of former East Berlin, Babylon opened its doors on 11th April 1929. Designed by the architect Hans Poelzig, it survived World War II and became one of the most important cinemas of the DDR. Before then, under the Nazis, the projectionist Rudolf Lunau founded in his projection room a communist resistance cell and even hid persecuted opponents to the regime (nowadays, a plaque in the foyer commemorates him). After almost collapsing in the 90’s, Babylon was completely refurbished in 2001 and is now a host venue of the Berlinale film festival, every February.
Its regular programming includes comprehensive retrospectives, documentaries and seasons of Spanish, Russian and French cinema. Anyway, Babylon’s great pride is, probably, the restored cinema organ, dating from 1929. You should definitely take a look at it during your next visit to Ciclope!